Every generation sees new products and items introduced, just as each generation sees products and items seem to vanish. The latter is sometimes a gradual process - in fact, it seems that one day the realization hits you -"Hey, whatever happened to ...?"
I've been going through some of those realizations lately, and I'm sure it has nothing to do with my age. (ah, denial - the greatest defense mechanism of all time!) As in generations past, the "Baby Boomer" generation, to which I belong, has seen many changes in our world and changes continue. Today's hot item is tomorrow's "whatever happened to?"
Anyway, as it's time to come up with something for a column again, I've decided to share some of the things that I remember from "days gone by" which seem to have either vanished from today's world, or seem to be on the "fast track" to becoming a vaguely remembered item from the past.
Where to start?
How about technology, which seems to change about every - oh I don't know - 15 minutes or so?
party-line telephones, landline phones without dials or push buttons ("Hello, Mabel? Can you get me ...?" (telephone number or even the name of the party you're trying to reach);
landline phones, "non- Smart" cell phones.
Apple II and other early model desk top computers;
all desk top personal computers
Cameras with "flashbar" attachments
Cameras which use 35 mm film, which needs to be developed;
35 mm film itself.
watches and clocks which show time "the old-fashioned way" (i.e., with a 12-3-6-9 "clock face")
How about home entertainment?
16. 45 and 78 rpm records; 8 track tapes; Black & white television sets; Betamax videotapes; Reel-to-reel tapes
33 1/3 rpm records (though they periodically return); pre-recorded cassette tapes; television sets with smaller than 32" screens; rooftop antennas for over-the-air TV reception
Compact discs; DVDs; non-HD television sets; coaxial cable TV.
And finally, in the category of clothing styles:
I could say that clothing trends such as bloomers, Bermuda shorts, dickies, Madras. tie-dye. et al are gone, but one thing about clothing styles - everything eventually seems to come back into style. "Everything old is new again," as the saying goes.
So who knows???